Carbohydrate heavy diets include potatoes as a staple either in the main meals or as fast food items. The consumption of higher amounts of complex carbohydrates such as potatoes has already been associated with increased risk of abnormal blood sugar management and obesity. According to a recent study published in British Medical Journal, frequent inclusion of potatoes in your diet may put you at risk of high blood pressure as well.
In the study, the researchers looked at 20 years+ data on more than 187,000 men and women who were enrolled in three long-running studies: The Nurses' Health Study, the Nurses' Health Study II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. None of the participants had high blood pressure at the beginning of the study. Approximately every four years, the participants completed food questionnaires detailing how frequently they consumed certain foods. Potatoes were sorted into three categories: french fries, potato chips and potatoes that were either baked, boiled or mashed.
People who reported eating four or more servings of potatoes per week were 11 percent more likely to have hypertension, compared with people who ate less than one serving of potatoes per month, according to the study. Moreover, the researchers found that replacing one daily serving of baked, boiled or mashed potatoes with one serving of non-starchy vegetables was associated with a 7 percent decreased risk of hypertension. The study also found that eating greater amounts of baked, boiled or mashed potatoes and french fries was associated with an increased risk of hypertension in both men and women.